I've never seen seashores like those (Nigdy nie widziałam takich plaż) / solo show in Lodz City Gallery Re:medium / Lodz, PL / 14/06 – 14/07/2018
Radioactive deer eat us in our nuclear shelters. It is gray, gloomy, heavy tar curtains hang over the cities. Life leaks with the last pores of dry, sore skin. There are no more warm rays of sunshine - all that is left is dust, debris and gaps after the explosions. Wherever you look around - the area looks like after a bombing. You must tread slowly and carefully so as not to accidentally step on the decaying corpse.
Marta Krześlak does not accept such a scenario and instead draws the landscape of the future with a multi-colored pencil. The world of the distant tomorrow becomes a various set with her, from which you can taste countless snacks tempting with glittering icing. With the help of everyday items found in trinket stores for the home and garden - the kitsch kingdoms, simplicity and (un) superfluousness - it creates peculiar hybrids. Soap dishes become shells for plastic pearl farms, and volcanic lakes sail on fruit platters. Radioactivity in her does not frighten, but blinks bluntly with a fluorescent fish eye or hypnotizes and seduces with a volcano of shiny lava.
It is light and funny here, but this sweetness, however, leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Glowing elements can be seen, but with the help of a head lamp with UVB light, which is used to search for traces of blood. Lonely islands float in the ocean flooded with oil and in the last breath whisper "help" quietly, although no one will hear them anyway. There are no more sounds from under the plastic.
These sculptures, mockups and collages echo an unpolluted nature, once a clean Earth, now more and more painfully a lost paradise - decaying, decreasing, pushed to destruction. Krześlak uses here a type of therapy - both for himself and the recipients. Melting icebergs protects against annihilation by casting them from epoxy resin, creating the same substance offshore rocks in which the sunset always closes. There are a lot of glows and highlights here, because as she says: I want us to be able to light in our future shelter a lamp resembling the landscape of the once beautiful Earth.
text: Małgorzata Pawlak